Four Nations Football
Bangladesh footballers will play hosts Sri Lanka in their 3nd and final group phase match of the Mahinda Rajapaksa Four Nations International Football Tournament on Tuesday with hopes of securing a place in the final. The match will kick-off at 9:30 pm (Bangladesh time) at Racecourse ground in Colombo. Read:Four Nations Football: Bangladesh earn long-awaited win upsetting Maldives 2-1 Bangladesh are currently top of the table with an unbeaten record securing four points from two matches with a +1 goal difference, and need just a draw against Sri Lanka to book their final berth. African nation Seychelles are second behind Bangladesh securing same points, and also need just a draw against the Maldives Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 pm to confim their final berth. The Maldives and hosts Sri Lanka are in “must win” situation to keep their final hopes alive. After the league basis three-match first round, top two teams of the four-nation meet will play final on November 19. Earlier, Bangladesh started their campaign with a frustrating note after playing out a 1-1 draw with the Seychelles despite dominating the match and leading till the 87th minute last Wednesday. Bangladesh smartly bounced back beating the strong Maldives side after 18 years by 2-1 goals in their 2nd match last Saturday at the same venue. Earlier in the tournament opener last Tuesday, coming from behind, hosts Sri Lanka played to a 4-4 draw with their neighbor the Maldives while Seychelles beat hosts Sri Lanka by 1-0 goal in another match on Saturday. Read:Four Nations Football: Bangladesh play 1-1 draw with Seychelles In their last pre-match press conference on Monday at the team hotel, Bangladesh captain Jamal Bhuiyan and head coach Mario Lemos sounded a confident note on doing the needful to reach the final. Standings after two matches (Tabulating under match played, win, draw, loss, goal for, goal against, goal difference and pointss) Teams M W D L GF GA GD pts Bangladesh 2 1 1 0 3 2 1 4 Seychelles 2 1 1 0 2 1 1 4 Maldives 2 0 1 1 5 6 -1 1 Sri Lanka 2 0 1 1 4 5 -1 1
Bangladesh stayed in the final race of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksha Trophy Four Nations International Football Tournament upsetting upper ranked Maldives by 2-1 goal in their 2nd match at the Racecourse International Stadium in Colombo on Saturday. It was not only a sweet revenge of Bangladesh in their 0-2 goal defeat against the Maldives in the SAFF Championship in Male five weeks before, but also their dream win against the island nation after about 18 years. Bangladesh played the Maldives on five occasions since 2003, and lost four matches featuring an embracing 0-5 goal defeat. The rest match between them ended in draw. Bangladesh miserably played to a 1-1 with lowly African side Seychelles in their first match despite leading by 1-0 goal till 87th minute at the same venue last Wednesday. Read: Four Nations Football: Bangladesh play 1-1 draw with Seychelles Earlier in the tournament opener on last Tuesday, hosts Sri Lanka, coming from behind, drew 4-4 with the Maldives at the same venue. In the day’s match, captain cum medio Jamal Bhuiyan put Bangladesh ahead in the 12th minute utilizing a long throw of Rahmat Miah (1-0). Mohamed Umair restored the parity for the Maldives in the 32nd minute capitalizing on a corner kick, taken by Ali Ashraf to tie the 1-1 in the first half. Defender Topu Barman scored the long awaited match-winner for Bangladesh in the 88th minute from a penalty (2-1). Bangladesh got the spot kick when onrushing Jewel Rana of Bangladesh, was illegally tackled by Maldives custodian in the danger zone. Read: Four Nations Football: Host Sri Lanka plays out 4-4 draw with Maldives
Coming from behind, hosts Sri Lanka played to a 4-4 draw with their neighbor the Maldives in the opening match of the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksha Trophy Four Nations International Football Tournament in Colombo on Tuesday. In the day’s match, Ahmed Wasim Razeek of Sri Lanka made a hat-trick in the very first match scoring all the four goals in the 64th, 69th, 72nd and 90+3 minutes respectively. A Ghamee, A Fasir, Ibrahim and A Ashfaq scored one each for the Maldives, which dominated the first half by 3-0 goals. Also read: Four Nations Football Tournament 2021: Bangladesh to Face Seychelles in their opening match Touring Bangladesh, which was earlier scheduled to play Seychelles in tournament opener last Sunday, has been postponed twice due to heavy rainfall and inclement weather in Colombo. However, Bangladesh will play Seychelles on Wednesday (Nov 10) at 4:30 pm (Bangladesh time).